Not forgetting Bangkok’s April’s Bakery popular for Thai milk tea pies, and Taiwan’s Le Castella known for its instagrammable jiggly sponge cakes, have both set foot at Tampines itself.
Here are 10 NEW Cafes In Singapore May 2017, including 3 cake and ice cream shops worthy of mention:
Châteraisé Café Singapore
Blk 490, Toa Payoh Lorong 6, #01-15, Singapore 310490
Opening Hours: 9:00am – 9:30pm Daily
Café Concept With Hokkaido Milk Latte and Cheese Tarts At Toa Payoh
Châteraisé’s outlet at Toa Payoh is different. It incorporates a sit-down café, though the sitting space indoors could be limited.
This café concept serves up Hokkaido Milk Latte, Caramel Latte, Vanilla Latte and Coffee with Hokkaido Fresh cream ($5.00 for hot, $5.80 for iced).
Cakes wise, popular favourites include White Zebra Caramel (that’s like a Mille Crepe Cake), Green Zebra, Crispy Chocolate Cake, Fluffy Cream Rolls and animal-shaped ones. Look out for the Hokkaido style cheese tarts, looking suspiciously like BAKE Cheese Tart, right down to the packaging. Châteraisé Singapore (Toa Payoh)
Rive Gauche Patisserie
CityLink Mall, #B1-16, Singapore 039393
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 9.30pm (Mon-Sun)
Cafe Concept With Guanaja And Strawberry Softserve At Citylink Mall
Being one of the longest standing Japanese-French inspired patisserie around in Singapore since 1992, Rive Gauche has recently opened their flagship store in Citylink Mall (opposite Starbucks).
While all of the cakes, choux puffs and macarons are similar in all their takeaway outlets, drip coffee and softserve are exclusive items here at this dine-in outlet.
Available in 2 flavours – the classic Guanaja ($7.80) and Strawberry ($6.80). By the way, this reminds me of the flavour selection for McDonald’s Sundaes. Chocolate lovers should enjoy the Guanaja Softserve ($7), which came with chunks of chocolate sponge hidden beneath all the toppings. Rive Gauche Patisserie (CityLink Mall)
53 Tras Street, #01-01, Singapore 078992 (Tanjong Pagar MRT)
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 8.30pm (Mon-Sun)
Japanese Style Cake Café With Yuzu Raspberry Cake And Matcha Azuki Tart
“Nesuto” which means “Nest” in Japanese is the latest concept by the folks behind SHUU by KOKI Tamagoyaki.
The interior is painted in pastel pink and white, giving a sense of comfort and minimalism which could be a pull-factor for the tai-tais and OLs for an afternoon respite.
The menu offers a selection of Japanese-French inspired desserts. Signature items include Suzette ($9.80), Blush Berry ($9) and Yuzu Raspberry Cake ($9).
The Yuzu Raspberry Cake ($9) is made with yuzu meringue mousse and chunks of fresh raspberries, the citrusy and tanginess of the fruits cut through entire combination, making the cake light and refreshing. Nesuto (Tras Street)
V Cafe 브이카페
26 Keong Saik Road Singapore 089133 (Outram Park MRT)
Opening Hours: 12:00pm – 9:15pm (Mon – Fri), 12:00pm – 9:15pm (Sat – Sun)
Off Goes Banana Tree, In Comes A Korean Bingsu Café
So, Banana Tree has said its goodbye, and reopened as “V Cafe 브이카페”.
Although the signboard of V Cafe looks similar, products are comparable, interior alike, and staff is retained, the café is under a different management team.
The other food items include a variety of Thick Toast such as Classic Honey ($8) and Nutella Banana ($14), Sandwiches ($6 – $8), Soda and Latte ($6 – $6.50).
Most people come for the Bingsu, with offerings such as Patbingsu ($12.50), Black Sesame ($14.50), Choco-holic ($14.50), Choco Banana ($13.50), Oreo Crush ($13.50, and Matcha ($12.50). V Café (Keong Saik)
88 Rangoon Road, Singapore 218374
Tel: +65 8813 1086
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Tue – Fri), 10am – 11pm (Sat), 10am – 9pm (Sun)
Fantasy Themed Café With Elixir Drinks. Charming Interior For #OOTDs
Enchanted is a charming café beautifully done up with a fantasy theme, found at 88 Rangoon Road. #OOTD alert.
It serves a range of hearty brunch menu such as Big Breakkie ($17.90), Croque Madame ($14.90), Pesto Linguine ($15.90) and Shakshuka ($16.90).
Hmmm… sounds a little average, lacking of more fairy-tale themed food which one would expect.
For drinks, the Sorcerer’s Elixir ($9.90) would probably garner some Instagram worthiness with its presentation, as well as changing colours upon mixing two potions together. Enchanted (Rangoon Road)
Six By Sera
89 Rangoon Road, #01-03 Urban Lofts Singapore 218375 (Farrer Park MRT Exit B)
Tel: +65 9652 8141
Opening hours: 12:00pm – 9:00pm (Tues – Fri), 10:00am – 10:00pm (Sat), 10:00am – 9:00pm (Sun). Closed Mon
Freshly Bakes Pastries, And Coffee
Everything is freshly baked at Six By Sera and most of the fillings are also homemade.
The signatures include Smoky Pork Croissant ($12.90, weekends only), Scrambled eggs & Bacon Croissant ($10.90), Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake ($5.90) and interesting sounding Cheesecake Croissant ($6.60).
Also look out for the savoury donuts which come in 3 flavours of Smoked Salmon with Cream Cheese and Truffle Oil, Cheeseburger (Minced beef & Cheddar topped with Jalapeño) and Bacon and Mozzarella.
Westgate Mall, 3 Gateway Dr, #02-28, Singapore 608532
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 10:00pm (Mon-Sun)
Raclette Cheese Lava Toasts and OTT Milkshakes At Westgate
Meet & Melt has further expanded to the west(gate) as Bojio Cafe. Kind of a cheesy name, you think? At least, people can likely recall.
There is an extensive selection of Ice Cream ($3.20/ $5.80), Sundae ($9.90/ $12.90), Waffle ($11.90/ $14.90), Over-The-Top Milkshakes ($14.90), Monster Milkshakes ($19.90), Melt Toast ($12.90-$18.90) and Lava Toast ($15.90-$16.90).
The Lava Toast has one of the most extensive number of flavours of fillings to choose from, 12 in fact, from Mentaiko, Thai Milk Tea, Green Milk Tea, Salted Egg, Earl Grey to Peanut Butter.
My favourite was the Raclette Cheese Toast ($18.90) that came with a single scoop of ice cream. Bojio Café (Westgate)
Hokkaido Ice Cream Puff
35 Haji Lane Singapore 189224
Opening Hours: 12:00pm – 8:00pm (Mon – Fri), 11:00am – 8:30pm (Sat – Sun)
Freshly Baked Puff With Fat Scoop Of Ice Cream At Haji Lane
Hokkaido Ice Cream Puff has opened at 35 Haji Lane, offering crispy-type puffs with a fat scoop of ice cream sandwiched in between.
First things first, Hokkaido Ice Cream Puff is not exactly from Japan, but a franchise chain that originated from Malaysia. It also has stores in Brunei.
A puff priced at SGD$3.90 in Singapore, and RM3.80 if you buy it up north in Malaysia, FYI.
The freshly baked puff was the highlight, with a fragrant crisp on the outer layer. Unfortunately, it was marred by the generic-tasting ice cream – not quite ‘Hokkaido’ in texture or taste. Hokkaido Ice Cream Puff (Haji Lane)
Le Castella Singapore
Tampines One, 10 Tampines Central 1, #B1-32, Singapore 529536
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Popular Fluffy Castella Cake With Cheese
Le Castella 樂古早味蛋糕 originated from Taiwan, has created its version of jiggly blocks of cake with cheese added in between.
It has officially opened in Singapore, and location is at the basement of at Tampines 1.
Pricing is $9.90 for the original, $11.90 for the cheese, and $14 for the chocolate. (Unfortunately, the chocolate was not in sight when we visited.) Compared to the branch in Seoul, the cakes here are prepared closed-door in the kitchen, which really takes half the fun away. Le Castella (Tampines)
April’s Bakery Singapore
Tampines MRT Station, #01-31, Singapore 529538
Opening Hours: 8am – 10pm (Mon-Sun)
Tel: +65 8122 7604
Bangkok’s Famous Pie Bakery At Tampines
April’s Bakery which has a total of 60 outlets in Bangkok, has opened its 1st international outpost in Singapore, at Tampines.
Despite selling various pastries such as cakes and biscuits at the first April’s Bakery in 2011, April chooses to focus on one signature item since then – The Hong Kong-styled Pies.
These pies resembled the Hong Kong style Lao Po Bing (Wife Cake) with a thin, flaky crust encasing generous amount of fillings with different flavours.
From savoury options such as Pork with Gravy and Pork with Honey (which will be available in Singapore soon) to sweet options such as Thai Milk Tea, Green Tea, Taro and Pumpkin all reasonably priced at $2 each. April’s Bakery Singapore (Tampines)